Last week I went to see Inception (thank you Stars and Strollers – bringing baby to theatre is such a treeeeat:) )
Dreams within dreams within dreams within dreams.
A new spin on an old old idea.
Why I’m thinking about this is: every website, book, article, etc, that has anything to do with writing says avoid dreams. Don’t open with a dream, don’t put in dream sequences, don’t use dreams point final.
Yet, dreams are such an integral part of our lives. How many times have I woken disturbed shaken happy excited from a dream? How many nights have my children wandered through the house crying because of a bad dream? Let’s face it, dreams are magical. They tell truths, and desires, hold our worst fears, and create in ways we never thought to in our waking lives. They are mysterious, and we want them to be real is some way. The very idea makes us cringe and giggle all at once.
Have you ever been woken from a dream and been discombobulated for minutes, hours, or even days?
When I was a little girl I had a dream that the tooth fairy came and took me to her home. I was flown up a flight of stairs, and passed many other occupants, paintings lined the wall, red carpeting everywhere. I woke and told my parents that in the night I was taken out by the tooth fairy. I believed it. Was certain it was real, no matter what my mom or dad said. As an adult I realize I experienced it in a dream.
Here we have Inception, that brought in the second biggest earnings a sci-fi film ever has upon its release, proving that dreams are still held in fascination by the human population.
So, what it is about dreams that agents, editors, publishers, tell us we can’t write them? Overdone? But what isn’t? Isn’t writing now all about new perspectives and perceptions?
(Just for the record, I have never written a dream sequence – which is odd considering – but I do love reading them.)
(In an effort to post more than once a week, I will attempt to post mid-week with either an excerpt from something I’m reading, a cool link, or some writing related silliness.)